Monday Night Raw
Date: March 2, 2020
Location: Barclays Center, New York City, New York
Commentators: Byron Saxton, Jerry Lawler, Tom Phillips
This is a weird one as it’s the fallout show from Super ShowDown as well as the go home show for Elimination Chamber. Hopefully we get more for the latter than the former as Elimination Chamber is hardly looking like a strong show at the moment. I’m not sure what we are going to see added but they need to do a lot of it. Let’s get to it.
Here are Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar to get things going. Heyman does his usual shtick and then says he can’t do this. It’s their job to make you interested in Wrestlemania and yes, this year’s card looks like the best in years. The problem is the main event, which is a sham. Drew McIntyre is overhyped, because he eliminated Lesnar from the Royal Rumble with the help of a low blow from Ricochet.
There is no reason to believe that McIntyre can pin or submit Lesnar because the next time Lesnar sees McIntyre or gets his hands on him…and here’s McIntyre. Before Drew can say anything, Lesnar teases leaving but then charges at him, only to get his head kicked off with the Claymore.
McIntyre leaves and the fans sing goodbye to Brock, who is having trouble standing after the kick. Brock staggers up the ramp and here’s McIntyre to take him down with another Claymore and pose with the title. The fans want one more so McIntyre delivers and Lesnar is out cold.
Here are the Street Profits and sweet goodness they are over in Brooklyn, with the red solo cups in the crowd being a nice touch. Tonight is their last chance at the Raw Tag Team Titles and they want the smoke.
Tag Team Titles: Street Profits vs. Murphy/Seth Rollins
Murphy and Rollins are defending and have the AOP with them. The champs jump the Profits to start and the fight is on as we take an early break. Joined in progress with Dawkins fighting up and bringing Ford in for a very high springboard crossbody to bot champs. Rollins takes Ford down with a Sling Blade and a buckle bomb into an enziguri gets two.
Dawkins gets sent into the post but another buckle bomb/enziguri combination sees Murphy kick Rollins by mistake. With Murphy sent outside, Ford goes up but Rollins shoves him down. Rollins calls the AOP down but they get ejected in a hurry. As the referee is with the AOP, Kevin Owens sneaks in for a Stunner on Rollins, setting up the frog splash to give Ford the pin at 5:04 shown.
Result: Street Profits b. Murphy/Seth Rollins – Frog splash to Rollins (5:04)
Post break, Rollins is livid and demands a rematch at Elimination Chamber. They’ll deal with Owens later, and Owens can make all the rules for whenever Rollins gets his hands on him. Murphy does not seem pleased with the whole thing.
24/7 Title: Ricochet vs. Riddick Moss
Moss is defending and takes Ricochet down with the early power. Ricochet gets sent outside and we take an early break. Back with Ricochet slugging away and kicking Moss down so the standing shooting star can get two. The superkick is blocked and Moss grabs a neckbreaker for the clean pin at 8:29.
Result: Riddick Moss b. Ricochet – Neckbreaker (8:29)
Here’s AJ Styles for his match against Aleister Black but first, AJ complains about Undertaker attacking him. He’s not in a good mood because even Hollywood is telling him to run from the Undertaker. We see a video of Mark Wahlberg saying AJ should give up, and AJ isn’t happy with Marky Mark giving him advice. Tonight AJ has Aleister Black and he hopes Undertaker is paying attention.
Aleister Black vs. AJ Styles
The Good Brothers are here, but hold on because AJ has a clause in the contract: to get to AJ, Black has to beat Karl Anderson.
Aleister Black vs. Karl Anderson
Black sends him to the floor to start and baseball slides Gallows. A kick to the head drops Anderson and Black stares AJ down as we take a break. Back with Black fighting out of a chinlock and hitting the standing Lionsault. Black Mass ends Anderson at 5:43.
Result: Aleister Black b. Karl Anderson – Black Mass (5:43)
Hold on because Black has another match.
Aleister Black vs. Luke Gallows
Gallows jumps Black before the bell and wins an exchange of kicks to the head. Some elbows to the chest set up the chinlock but Black fights up with some knees to the ribs. Black gets sent outside and we take a break. Back with Black fighting out of a chinlock (same sequence going into and coming out of the break in both matches) and striking away. Gallows stomps him down in the corner and that’s a DQ at 5:32.
Result: Aleister Black b. Luke Gallows via DQ when Gallows attacked in the corner (5:32)
Post match Black takes the Magic Killer and NOW AJ is ready to go.
AJ Styles vs. Aleister Black
AJ kicks away at the tired Black but Black kicks him in the head. That earns him a backbreaker and a brainbuster as AJ is all fired up. The Phenomenal Forearm, with an Undertaker pin, finishes Black at 2:30.
Result: AJ Styles b. Aleister Black – Phenomenal Forearm (2:30)
Ruby Riott is only responsible for herself these days and on Sunday, she’ll prove she is ready to strike whenever she pleases. There are no friends inside the Elimination Chamber.
Liv Morgan vs. Ruby Riott
Sarah Logan is guest referee. Liv drives Ruby into the corner to start and slugs away, setting up a springboard dropkick. An armbar has Ruby in more trouble until she makes a rope. Ruby is right back with a cravate and some stomping in the corner, though Logan drags her away. Liv slugs away until a Downward Spiral gives Ruby two. The kickout knocks Ruby into Logan, who comes up favoring her shoulder. Ruby’s forearm gets a slightly delayed two so she yells at and then shoves Logan. Liv uses the distract to grab a rollup for a fast counted pin at 4:39.
Result: Liv Morgan b. Ruby Riott – Rollup with a fast count (4:39)
Post match Logan shoves Ruby down so Liv can enziguri Ruby, only to get kneed in the face by Logan.
Long recap of Edge returning but getting destroyed by Randy Orton the next night.
No Way Jose and the Conga Line ask what is in Erick Rowan’s cage. Rowan actually agrees to show them so he takes it out of the cage and it’s a HUGE spider, which sends everyone running away.
We look back at the McIntyre/Lesnar segment.
Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler
This was originally going to be Asuka (here with Sane) but she was injured so the match was changed. Shayna misses a kick to the head to start so she cranks on the arm and spins Sane’s hand around for a little twist. A headscissors puts Shayna down but the sliding forearm is countered into another armbar. Shayna grabs a spinebuster and stomps on the leg, followed by a hard whip into the post.
Back in and Sane’s come back is cut off with a kick to the face, followed by another pull on the leg. Asuka offers a distraction so Sane can get two off a rollup, only to have Baszler kick her in the head. Cue Becky Lynch in a yellow coat to stare Shayna down as we take a break. Back with Becky on commentary (and wearing Lawler’s crown) and Sane hitting a DDT. Shayna is right back with a gutwrench superplex for two but Sane kicks her down, only to have the Insane Elbow blocked with raised boots. The Kirifuda Clutch finishes Sane at 12:45.
Result: Shayna Baszler b. Kairi Sane – Kirifuda Clutch (12:45)
Post match Shayna chokes Sane out again.
Rey Mysterio and Humberto Carrillo are ready to finish Angel Garza and Andrade.
Andrade/Angel Garza vs. Humberto Carrillo/Rey Mysterio
Carrillo chops at Andrade to start so Andrade bails to the floor in a hurry. Mysterio doesn’t want to wait and tries a hurricanrana off the apron, earning himself a whip into the barricade. A double backdrop puts Carrillo down but he’s back with the springboard armdrag. The springboard crossbody gets two on Andrade so Garza tries to TAKE OFF HIS PANTS, only to have Carrillo whip him in and TAKE OFF THE PANTS FOR HIM.
A big dive to the floor takes out Andrade and we take a break. Back with Garza pulling Carrillo off the apron for a face first crash onto the apron. Garza’s abdominal stretch is broken up and an enziguri allows the tag to Rey. A tornado DDT plants Andrade for two but Carrillo’s big dive hits the barricade and we take another break. Back again with Rey kicking Andrade to the floor but Garza blocks the 619.
Rey doesn’t minds as a Canadian Destroyer gives him two, only to have Andrade elbow him in the head. The Eddie Guerrero dance looks to set up the Three Amigos but Carrillo breaks it up with a missile dropkick. Andrade’s running knees in the corner get two on Carrillo with Rey making the save. A hurricanrana to Andrade sets up a double 619 and there’s a hurricanrana to put Garza on the floor. Carrillo moonsaults Garza for the pin at 19:10.
Result: Rey Mysterio/Humberto Carrillo b. Andrade/Angel Garza – Moonsault to Andrade (19:10)
Here’s Beth Phoenix for the medical update on Edge. Before she can get anywhere though, it’s Randy Orton interrupting to offer her a hug and a handshake. Those aren’t happening so Orton sits on the top, only to cut her off again. Orton talks about going to a show in 1999 when he was 19 years old with his dad Bob Orton introducing him to agents Tony Garea and Jack Lanza. Orton was just a fan back then and couldn’t believe that he was seeing all of these stars.
Edge was the only wrestler to come up and shake his dad’s hand though and Randy was so proud. Bob introduced the two of them and Edge said maybe one day they could work together. That gave Orton some confidence and just a few years later, they were fighting for the Intercontinental Title and stealing the show every night. Then they came together as Rated RKO and won the Tag Team Titles.
Orton started making some bad decisions though and got himself into a hole that he shouldn’t have been able to get out of. He was able to be there for his family though and now he wants Edge to be able to do the same thing for their daughters. Everyone has blamed Orton for what he did but it wasn’t Orton’s fault at all. It’s Beth’s fault because she has enabled Edge, who is a junkie for the roar of the crowd.
Beth did nothing to stop him so Orton had to stop him so Edge could be a husband and father. Orton has realized that he loves Edge’s kids and Edge more than Beth ever could. Beth finally slaps him and it’s an RKO to drop her, with Orton immediately storming off. A bunch of referees and wrestlers come down to check on her to end the show.
Street Profits b. Murphy/Seth Rollins – Frog splash to Rollins
Riddick Moss b. Ricochet – Neckbreaker
Aleister Black b. Karl Anderson – Black Mass
Aleister Black b. Luke Gallows via DQ when Gallows attacked in the corner
AJ Styles b. Aleister Black – Phenomenal Forearm
Liv Morgan b. Ruby Riott – Rollup with a fast count
Shayna Baszler b. Kairi Sane – Kirifuda Clutch
Humberto Carrillo/Rey Mysterio b. Andrade/Angel Garza – Moonsault to Andrade
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!